ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Jade Wilkie talks about swimming with sharks like it’s a walk in the park.
In fact, she’s very excited about the dive, due to take place at Deep Sea World this Friday.
The Buckhaven Primary pupil is donning her wetsuit in aid of Cancer Research UK, a cause very close to her heart. Half sister Tamsin was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012 and has since been under-going treatment for the disease.
“I’ve always wanted to do a shark dive but it was always too much money.
“But, when I found out Tammy had cancer, I decided that I wanted to do something to raise money. I asked my mum about doing a shark dive and she agreed straight away.”
Mail readers may recongise Jade and Tamsin, alongwith mum Kathleen, from a particularly moving story last year.
Mother Kathleen and daughter Tamsin were reunited after Kathleen was forced to give up her baby after giving birth in Zambia 44 years ago.
The pair were brought together with the help of Tamsin’s brother’s godmother Sue Ettmayr and social networking site Facebook.
Since being reunited, Kathleen has already been to visit Tamsin in her native Oregon, and in a sad twist of fate, was also there the day she received the call to tell her she had breast cancer.
“It’s been amazing since we were reunited,” said Kathleen. “But obviously since November, it’s been quite horrendous and we’ve all just wanted to be there for her and make sure she’s alright.”
Now on medication for the next five years, Tamsin is visiting Scotland for three weeks, and will be there to cheer on her little sister.
“She’s crazy!” said Tamsin. “I definitely wouldn’t be getting in there with a bunch of sharks. But it is just amazing that she wants to do something to raise money - she’s just perfect.”
With just days to go before she makes a big splash, Jade has already smashed her £150 target, having already raised nearly £400 on her Just Giving page and through sponsor sheets.
Talking to the Mail, she is the picture of confidence: “I’m excited - not nervous at all. Lots of people have told me I’m crazy but I’m really looking forward to it.”
>>If you would like to sponsor Jade, please visit www.justgiving.com/JadeWilkie1709.